I Want to Believe……
Concepts/definitions: Conspiracy Theory explains an event as being the result of an alleged plot by a covert group or organization or, more broadly, the idea that important political, social or economic events are the products of secret plots that are largely unknown to the general public.
Originally a neutral term, since the mid-1960s it has acquired a somewhat derogatory meaning, implying a paranoid tendency to see the influence of some malign covert agency in events. The term is sometimes used to automatically dismiss claims that are deemed ridiculous, misconceived, paranoid, unfounded, outlandish or irrational.
v "conspiracy theory" is used to indicate a narrative genre that includes a broad selection of arguments for the existence of grand conspiracies.
v Used in popular culture to identify secret military, banking, or political actions aimed at "stealing" power, money, or freedom, from "the people".Information:
v Based on the notion that complex plots are put into motion by powerful hidden forces.
v Uses folklore and urban legend and a variety of explanatory narratives which are constructed with methodological flaws or biases.
Well Known or Proven Conspiracy Theories:
The Death of Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe, one of the greatest legends of the 20th Century, is also the subject of one of the most mysterious deaths of our time. Her unexpected passing in 1962 had the world whispering about what may have really happened. Her death was a result of a massive dose of barbiturates, but whereas some say it was suicide, others argue the fatal drug was administered by someone trying to desperately prevent state-secrets emerging from her alleged affair with John F. Kennedy.
The Jews taking Over the World
The Loch Ness Monster
The JFK Murder Mystery
Second- Hand Beatle
The Death of England’s Princess Rose
Mickey Mouse Moon Landing
Some scholars argue that conspiracy theories once limited to fringe audiences have become commonplace in mass media, contributing to conspiracies emerging as a cultural phenomenon in the United States of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and the possible replacement of democracy by conspiracy as the dominant paradigm of political action in the public mind. According to anthropologists Todd Sanders and Harry G. West, evidence suggests that a broad cross section of Americans today gives credence to at least some conspiracy theories. Belief in conspiracy theories has therefore become a topic of interest for sociologists, psychologists and experts in folklore.
Conclusion: Many believe in conspiracy theories, however; there are so many facts that prove against what they believe. It is hard to change someone’s mind once they start believing something, no matter how foolish or unrealistic it may seem. The ten examples that I gave here I find to be the most commonly believe conspiracy theories that many try to disprove every year, yet so many people still believe them. People will believe what they want to believe and this will always exist in our society.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN CONSPIRACY THEORIES????.....
Sites I Used:
Transparency and conspiracy: ethnographies of suspicion in the new world order. Harry G. West, Todd Sanders. pp 207
American Heritage Dictionary, "Conspiracy theory